Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Norman B. Judd [1]

Hon. N. B. Judd Springfield Dec. 9. 1859.

My dear Sir: I have just reached home from Kansas and found your long letter of the 1st. inst. It has a tone of blame towards myself which I think is not quite just; but I will not stand upon that, but will consider a day or two, and put something in the best shape I can, and send it to you. A great difficulty is that they make no distinct charge against you, which I can contradict. You did vote for Trumbull against me; and, although I think, and have said a thousand times, that was no injustice to me, I cannot change the fact, nor compel people to cease speaking of it. Ever since that matter occurred, I have constantly labored, as I believe you know, to have all recollection of it dropped.

The vague charge that you played me false last year, I believe to be false and outrageous; but, it seems, I can make no impression by expressing that belief. I made a special job of trying to impress that upon Baker, Bridges and Wilson, [2] here last winter. They all well know that I believe no such charge against you. But they choose to insist that they know better about it than I do.

As to the charge of your intriguing for Trumbull against me, I believe as little of that as any other charge. If Trumbull and I were candidates for the same office, you would have a right to prefer him, and I should not blame you for it; but all my acquaintance with you induces me to believe you would not pretend to be for me while really for him. But I do not understand Trumbull & myself to be rivals. You Know I am pledged to not enter a struggle with him for the seat in the Senate now occupied by him; and yet I would rather have a full term in the Senate than in the Presidency.

I have made this letter longer than I expected when I began. Your friend as ever A. LINCOLN

P.S. I omitted to say that I have, in no single instance, permitted a charge against [sic] [3] such as above alluded to, to go uncontradicted, when made in my presence. A.L.

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[1]   Copy, DLC-RTL. Copy is in John Hay's handwriting on stationery of ``Room 1, Cushing's Block, Cleveland, O. . . . . . 188-.''

[2]   Hay has copied ``Baker, Budger and Wilson,'' but in a note at bottom of the page he confesses, ``I am not sure about this name. It might be Badger, Bridges, or Budger.'' Judd's letter to Lincoln, however, names the men in the following sentence: ``There is only one mode of replacing the harmony of the party---and that is John Wentworth is to be driven out or silenced and Charley Wilson, S. L. Baker, E. T. Bridges and their lying associates kicked into the kennell with the other curs.'' (DLC-RTL). Edwin T. Bridges, not previously identified, was connected with the Chicago Evening Journal and was an active Republican.

[3]   The sic is John Hay's.